11/09/11

Nicole's baby kicking video is a Facebook scam

A video of baby kicking inside his mother's pregnant belly is the latest lure being used by Facebook scammers - and judging by the number of readers from Naked Security who have reported it to us, it's spreading like wildfire.
AWESOME Video Nicole's Baby Kicking - The Belly View - Unbelievable

AWESOME Video "Nicole's Baby Kicking - The Belly View - Unbelievable"
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An amazing view of a baby kicking and moving his way out of the belly while at the beach.
There is, indeed, a real YouTube video of a heavily pregnant woman called Nicole, sunbathing on a beach. It was posted in May 2009 and has had over 3.5 million views so far.

The thing is, however, if you really want to watch the video: go to YouTube.

Don't click on the link being spread across Facebook. Because if you do, you are taken to a third-party website which insists you have to share the link with your Facebook friends before you can watch the video clip.

Scam webpage

Bizarrely, when I visited the page from my test Facebook account it was advertising the controversial Scientology organisation. One wonders if the scammers are earning revenue by driving traffic to the page.

You should always be suspicious of links like this being shared by your Facebook friends. The safest place to watch "viral" videos is on YouTube itself (and other established video websites such as Vimeo), or you could find yourself being asked to complete money-making surveys or imparting your personal information.

If you're a Facebook user, and want to keep up-to-date on the latest scams and threats, join the Sophos Facebook page where we have a community of more than 100,000 users discussing the issues.

nb : nakedsecurity.sophos

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